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Holy Cowes, Batman

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on Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sailing you say? How relaxing and civilized I thought, and in January signed up to being part of an all-female crew to race at the prestigious Cowes Regatta. A few months later I found myself in the middle of The Solent at 45 degrees, flattened on the Bow and hanging on for dear life as a sail flapped over me.  As I tried not to go overboard into the freezing Spring sea I ‘politely’ shouted at the Skipper that perhaps she could mention we were about to tack, but my request was lost to the wind so I swore at a passing seagull instead.

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I’m part of ‘The Sisterhood’, an infamous troupe of adventurous girls competing at Cowes as one of few female crews.  Apart from our skipper we were all novices and had taken on the challenge of racing against a 99% male competition and 186 years of tradition. In a world where the discussion of wind speed and the cut of ones jib is taken seriously, a gang of 20  girls clad in hot pink lycra kit was about to shake up the salty sailing world. The press seemed to love our appearance but Poor Cowes wasn’t quite sure what had hit them, but ironically the story of the week turned out to be what was hit us…

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